SD83 and CPKC Worked the Rails at Local Job Fair

Nearly 130 students from nearly all SD83 high schools participated in the Canadian Pacific/Kansas City Railway Job Fair at Eagle River Secondary in Sicamous this week.

CPKC Signal and Communications Manager for BC Scarlett Noel demonstrates to students the types of power sources needed to get the proper signals out to their tracks for conductors and other rail line workers to read. There are more than two thousand CPKC signal machines that exist just between Hope and Kamloops.

Students were able to learn about jobs associated with locomotive conductors and engineers, railway signal and communication technicians, rail line and tie maintenance workers, police services and other trades and positions within the company. Students rotated in as many as six stations to learn about the different opportunities. In many of the jobs featured, students just need to be 18 years of age and willing to work. CPKC Rail says it will pay for training for those graduating students into careers they are interested in and pay them while they are getting the training.

CPKC Police Officer Dallas Stender talks about his duties with the railway and how he works with the RCMP and other municipal police officers in his territory. Duties include everything from issuing fines for speeding to investigating incidents between trains and road vehicles.

CPKC BC Superintendent of Operations Brad Templeton says he was pleased with the event. “We’ll do this again. No doubt.” SD83 Careers initiated the idea with CPKC and is one of a select handful of school districts across Canada and the U.S that was involved in this pilot project to have the career fair/information session based out of a school. Canadian Pacific was not known to have done any sort of recruiting within schools in the past.

SAS-Jackson students Carlos Marosi (left) and Daniel Larouche (right) pose at the selfie booth during the job fair.

Grade 12 students that attended the fair and have an interest in applying for work with the transnational railway are requested to make contact with their career coordinator at their school so they can reach out to CPKC’s Human Resources department on how to apply. If you have any other questions related to the event or have other ideas for interesting career options or opportunities for students, please contact George Richard at or phone or text 778-824-1188.

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